Every now and then you need to stop to smell the flowers. Spring would be one of those times.
It’s a yearly miracle, when parts of the Earth awaken from their wintry slumber and erupt in a kaleidoscope of colour. And some parts of the Earth are even more beautiful than others.
Here’s a roundup of some of the best places to witness the visual feast.
Every spring, trails, state highways and fields throughout Texas erupt in a sea of bluebonnets, the state flower.
The best time to bear witness to the phenomenon is March and April, when festivals pay homage to the flower.
The photo speaks for itself. More than 400,000 magenta, red and white-colored blooms carpet nearly 190,000 square feet of the foothills near Shibazakura, Japan every spring.
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Canadian Tulip Festival
Every year in May, Ottowa, the capital of Canada, hosts the world’s largest tulip festival, with 300,000 tulips in 60 varieties blooming in 30 flower beds.
The tulips were a gift to Canada for providing safe harbour to the Dutch royal family during the German occupation of the Netherlands.
This year, Keukenhof Holland marks the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh in a floral tribute with flower shows and a new ‘Selfie’ garden, a playful take on van Gogh’s self-portraits that recreates his auto-portrait with thousands of tulips.
In total, the park is composed of 7 million bulbs including 800 varieties of tulips.
Rounding out their list is Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town, South Africa; Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand; Biltmore Blooms, Asheville, North Carolina, USA; Madeira Flower Festival, Funchal, Portugal; and Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Toowoomba, Australia.
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